The Ecosystems and Global Change Group ( at Trent University jointly led by Prof Andrew Tanentzap (Canada Research Chair in Climate Change and Northern Ecosystems) and Dr Erik Emilson (Research Scientist, Canadian Forest Service sector of Natural Resources Canada, is recruiting a two-year postdoctoral researcher to work on investigating the leakiness of natural climate solutions.

Project description: Forest management is a pillar of mitigating climate change. But forests lose vast amounts of organic matter into receiving waters that risks offsetting their ability to sequester atmospheric carbon. You will quantify the amount of carbon lost from boreal forests into lakes by establishing two eddy flux covariance towers in northwestern Ontario, Canada. You will trace the flow of carbon seasonally and characterise the biogeochemical drivers and impacts to inform an eventual catchment-level experiment. You will have experience with geospatial modelling and gas exchange measurements.

What we can offer: Our research training environment features some of the most advanced environmental research infrastructure in Canada, including access to a Fourier transform – ion cyclotron resonance mass spectrometer, long-read (Oxford Nanopore) sequencing facility, radioisotope and stable isotope labs, and eddy covariance systems, with extensive support for field research (ATVs, snowmobiles, autonomous surface vessel). As our team partners with government scientists, you will have a unique opportunity to influence environmental policy and make connections outside of academic to bolster your career.

All postdocs are offered competitive wages starting at $55k/yr + benefits. Peterborough is one of the most affordable and desirable places to live in Ontario, offering the best of urban (70 mins to Toronto) and rural living all under 30 minutes to the heart of the Kawarthas that boasts endless lakes and forests to explore. Our group supports flexible working arrangements and supports applicants from diverse backgrounds as we strive to build a more equitable, diverse, and inclusive workplace.

How to apply: Please email Andrew Tanentzap ( with a CV and a description of what you hope to get out of working with us, how your research interests are a good fit to our group, and how your past experiences make you suitable for the independent and often challenging nature of research. The post can start immediately and will remain open until filled.

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